Get Ready to Chase Down Sneaky Leaks!

Toilet leaks are often silent and can waste hundreds of gallons of water each day, making the toilet the number one cause for a high-water bill. Each year the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense Program, promotes Fix a Leak Week, March 20 through March 26, 2023, as a reminder to annually look for and repair leaks around the house. This year the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership is encouraging residents to find and fix toilet leaks by sponsoring the Dye Tab Challenge through March 31, 2023.

To join the Dye Tab Challenge, check your toilets for leaks and submit your results for a chance to win a $25 Visa Gift Card.

Follow these simple steps to check your toilets for leaks:

Next, submit your leak test results before March 31, 2023. To be eligible to win a $25 Visa Gift Card you must be at least 18 years old and a resident of Sonoma County whose water is supplied by California American Water – Larkfield, City of Cloverdale, City of Cotati, City of Healdsburg, City of Petaluma, City of Rohnert Park, City of Santa Rosa, City of Sonoma, Valley of the Moon Water District, Town of Windsor, or a resident of Marin County whose water is supplied by North Marin Water District or Marin Water.

Toilets are not the only sneaky leak to chase down during Fix a Leak Week. Now is also a great time to test and complete repairs to automated irrigation systems and ensure they are working properly before the start of the irrigation season. Broken sprinklers, leaking irrigation valves, and damaged drip hoses can waste a significant amount of water, adding additional cost to your bill.

These irrigation leaks also create water runoff from your property that can carry fertilizers, sediments, and other pollutants into storm drains that are connected to our creeks, streams, and the Russian River. Fixing these leaks now will help improve the health of the Russian River and improve your bottom line.

Need help? Look for and hire a Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper. QWEL Pros have been trained in efficient irrigation principles, sustainable landscaping practices, and can help you use water efficiently in your landscape.

For more information on ways to save water:

This article was authored by Lauren Lum of Sonoma Water, on behalf of RRWA. RRWA is an association of local public agencies in the Russian River Watershed that have come together to coordinate regional programs for clean water, habitat restoration, and watershed enhancement.